2-3 hours. I should add I have only been taking it a week so far and am liking the fact it doesn't seem to cause the side effects as others do. I'm going back to the Dr. tomorrow and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions, as at this point it's too short acting and doesn't seem to get the pain level down to even a comfortable level. This is all I'm taking at this point for the pain as well as Soma's 3x day which I don't think does anything.
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) comes in an extended release formula called Exalgo. I would ask the doctor about the possibility of going to an extended release and explain why. Then if you still have pain you could use a breakthrough med like Lortab (hydrocodone) if you still experience pain.
- Hydromorphone Information for Consumers
- Hydromorphone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydromorphone (detailed)
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